Summary: I reviewed all of our options when we built our new home in regards to the media system that we wanted to run our entire house, including zones to operate outside. After reviewing many systems, we decided on the Denon 3313CI receiver 7-2 because of its ability to operate different zones. We have had this now for almost 8 months and we have had issues already. First, its ability to pick up some FM stations was not very good.
Summary: These units apparently have a fatal flaw in them. Many owners have had the units for a period of time - usually longer than the warranty only to find out there is a problem that eventually prevents the unit from playing CD's. No support for something that was just plain poorly designed. This is my 4 and last Denon product.
Summary: I purchased this unit back in 2005. I was quite happy with the setup and the sound. A great home theatre system; even though it is only a 2.1 system. I have had what I consider two (2) major issues which are obvious factory defaults: 1. When viewing DVD's the screen will go blank for about 5 seconds about every 30 minutes. This should not happen and is not overly annoying... but for a system which cost you $1,600... Should this happen? 2.
Summary: The Denon S-301 is an amazing system. First and foremost, it does a superb job with 2-channel music. Super Audio CDs are rendered with 3 dimensional qualities that are usually reserved for only audiophile-grade gear. Redbook CDs sound good and provide a somewhat revealing, analytical sound. But what puts this system on top is its ability to control an Ipod.
Summary: This system is no longer manufactured, but I was very interested in getting the HDCD capability in addition to the other features, and when I saw that it was available as a cut-price refurb, I bought it. This was a mistake. I now find that the S-301 has numerous reports of video dropout problems, and I'm getting the same thing. Refurbished does not mean fixed. Do not buy it.
Summary: I believe for the price its worth the money, but buyer beware it took me 3 returns to Crutchfield to find the perfect one. The first two systems kept on going black when playing back DVD movies. I recommend sending it back right away if you start to see this happening. I went with Crutchfield and not Amazon because Crutchfield return policy is great. All it took was a phone call to them and they right away sent me out a brand new system with prepaid postage with UPS.
Summary: It's small, attractive, and feature-laden. But: as some people have mentioned, DVD playback occasionally drops out when connected via HDMI. From what I've read, this is a problem for units manufactured prior to September 2006 (check the date label on the bottom of the main unit). I recently had my newly-purchased July 2006-manufactured unit "fixed" by the Denon USA Factory Service Center in New Jersey to correct the problem under warranty, and I am very pleased that DVD...
Summary: I went to Magnolia (high end retailer) and they convinced me that I should get the Denon S-301 since I didn't want to install true surround sound and tear up the house. The best price they were willing to offer was $1300. So from a price perspective, you can't go wrong. Overall the sound quality is great. Installation was simple. Design is sleek. So no complaints....except one which others have mentioned on their reviews.
Summary: I just received this system last week after ordering it off of Amazon and couldn't be more pleased. For people with space constraints I can't imagine a better small system for both home theatre usage and as a music stereo. The "equivalent" Bose system is more expensive and doesn't sound anywhere nearly as good as this system--the depth and richness of music is unreal.